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The old school yard beckons

Past student Iris Cantor returned to Warwick State High School after 80 years to help celebrate the centenary.
Past student Iris Cantor returned to Warwick State High School after 80 years to help celebrate the centenary. Georja Ryan

SHE may not know her way around the school anymore but 80 years ago Iris Cantor spent most of her waking hours at Warwick State High School.

Back when her white blouse was teamed with a navy blue tunic and sports uniforms were rather impractical, boasting bloomers, stockings and a head scarf, Mrs Cantor frolicked around a campus of just three buildings.

"The place has changed so much," Mrs Cantor said.

"There were only three buildings here when I was here and I remember they were building the intermediate school, and the staircase fell down."

Enrolled in the 1930s, Mrs Cantor was a star athlete in her day, with the 220-yard race her specialty.

Now 94 years old, she still looks as though she could give you a run for your money on the race track.

Mrs Cantor recalled the school having some stricter rules in her day compared to now.

"Only senior students could go through the front doors and they were very strict about that," she said.

"Some of the boys used to dare each other to run through."

Mrs Cantor was asked to plant a tree at the front of the campus, to commemorate her generation at WSHS.

"It was lovely. It was the first time I've ever planted a tree outside of the home fence," she said.

Mrs Cantor wasn't the only student from the 1930s to re-visit the school at the weekend.

 



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